The Norman Conquest (HIH1543)
|Staff||Dr Jennifer Farrell - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
1066 is one of the most well known dates in English history. Students taking this course will investigate what lies behind its status in popular consciousness using a variety of sources from the 10th ' 12th centuries including chronicles and other narrative texts, legal statements, charters, and the Domesday Book. Students will evaluate the different types of evidence that historians use to study the impact of the Norman Conquest and reach conclusions about the extent of that impact in terms of social, cultural and political development in Anglo-Norman England.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Assess and understand the impact and repercussions of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
- 2. Analyse and interpret a range of sources for the history of the Norman Conquest and its social, political and cultural consequences.
- 3. Critique medieval texts and documents and to engage with modern assessments of them.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. bias, reliability, etc., and to compare the validity of different types of source.
- 5. Answer a question briefly and concisely.
- 6. Present work orally, respond to questions orally, and think quickly of questions to ask other students.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 9. Work with others in a team and interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group.
- 10. Write to a very tight word-length.
1. Introduction (week one)
2. Assessment of the nature of English and Norman society before the Conquest and the claims brought forward by Harold and William (weeks two-four).
3. Perspectives of the Conquest (weeks five-six)
4. Examining the emerging social and political structures of Anglo-Norman England (weeks seven-eleven).
The aim of this module is to get students to work with primary sources: The first class will take the form of a mini-lecture explaining the basic outlines of the subject, providing a framework into which they can then fit the sources they will be studying, as well as explaining the format that the remaining classes will take. In subsequent weeks, the class will have been told, in advance, to prepare an answer in 400-500 words to a question relating to the set texts. Students will be divided into groups. In the class, one member of one group will present their answer to the question; the remaining members of the group will add in anything they think has been missed or which needs amplification. The rest of the students will then subdivide into their own groups to determine a question to ask the presenting group. These questions will then be asked and answered, with discussion being allowed to develop on key points. In the light of the discussion and the tutor's comments, the students will then self-assess their own work according to a pro-forma, which will then be collected by the tutor for moderation. Finally, the class will end with the tutor outlining the work to be done for the following week's class.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||2 hour lecture: Introduction to module|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||10 x 2 Seminars. At a meeting of the whole class generally a different group of 3-4 students will give a presentation to the whole class, followed by class discussion and working through the sources for that week carefully. Additional sources may be issued in the class and the lecturer will also use the time to set up issues for the following week.|
|Guided independent study||128||Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing five source commentaries and an essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation (3-4 students)||10-15 minutes||1-4, 6-7, 9||Oral|
|Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Marks and written comments|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||60 (15% per commentary)||2000 words (500 per commentary)||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
|Essay on Sources||40||1500 words||1-5, 7-8, 10||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period|
|1500 word essay||1500 word essay||1-5, 7-8, 10||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Bates, D., Normandy before 1066 (London, 1982). Brown, R. Allen, The Normans and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge, 1969). Crouch, D., The Normans: The History of a Dynasty (New York, 2002). Davis, R.H.C., The Normans and their Myth (London,1976). Houts, E. M, C. van., The Normans in Europe (Manchester, 2000). Houts, E. M, C. van., A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World (Woodbridge, 2003).
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